History TabletopGame / OldWorldOfDarkness

29th Jul '17 6:35:24 PM eroock
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The '''''World of Darkness''''' is a TabletopRPG published by Creator/WhiteWolf. The world is a [[CrapsackWorld dark reflection]] of our own, where humanity is not the master of the world ''or'' its fate. Throughout all of human history, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy supernatural forces]] have manipulated mankind from the shadows.

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The '''''World ''World of Darkness''''' Darkness'' is a TabletopRPG published by Creator/WhiteWolf. The world is a [[CrapsackWorld dark reflection]] of our own, where humanity is not the master of the world ''or'' its fate. Throughout all of human history, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy supernatural forces]] have manipulated mankind from the shadows.
6th Jul '17 9:47:42 PM nombretomado
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*** And it cannot be stressed enough that the Technocrats are '''NOT''' a hivemind! Whatever you think about the overarching goals and actions of the order, it's extremely silly to think each and every agent is "outright evil" ([[WordOfGod White Wolf themselves]] even coined the term "Soulless Technocratitis" for that kind of one-dimensional portrayal and mocked it repeatedly). The Technocracy is home to countless different ethoses[[note]]TheOtherWiki's friend the Wiktionary says that plural is non-standard and prefers ethe or ethea. Uh, no. We're not that Greek-reverent here.[[/note]] and philosophies, and features people from every CharacterAlignment. The book gives many examples of good Technocrats and the like ...

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*** And it cannot be stressed enough that the Technocrats are '''NOT''' a hivemind! Whatever you think about the overarching goals and actions of the order, it's extremely silly to think each and every agent is "outright evil" ([[WordOfGod White Wolf themselves]] even coined the term "Soulless Technocratitis" for that kind of one-dimensional portrayal and mocked it repeatedly). The Technocracy is home to countless different ethoses[[note]]TheOtherWiki's ethoses[[note]]Wiki/TheOtherWiki's friend the Wiktionary says that plural is non-standard and prefers ethe or ethea. Uh, no. We're not that Greek-reverent here.[[/note]] and philosophies, and features people from every CharacterAlignment. The book gives many examples of good Technocrats and the like ...
26th Jun '17 1:57:48 PM Nopperabo
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* Liminal Being:

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* Liminal Being:LiminalBeing:
26th Jun '17 1:57:14 PM Nopperabo
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** Plus Werewolves have managed to KnightTemplar themselves into killing [[NiceJobBreakingItHero three other races of shapechangers]]. This sounds pretty bad on its own, but without those three races, they've seriously hurt their chances of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt defeating the Wyrm during the apocalypse]]. Whoops.

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** Plus Werewolves The Garou have managed to KnightTemplar themselves into killing [[NiceJobBreakingItHero three other races of shapechangers]].shapechangers]] and one of the Garou Nation's own tribes. This sounds pretty bad on its own, but without those three races, they've seriously hurt their chances of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt defeating the Wyrm during the apocalypse]]. Whoops.


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* Liminal Being:
** In ''Werewolf: The Apocalypse'', the Garou and Fera are beings who straddle the line between human and animal, partaking of the natures of both.
** In ''Vampire: The Masquerade'', Kindred straddle the line between living and dead (being undead), as well as between human and inner beast (as former humans who cling to their human traits as they struggle to keep their Beast at bay).
** Deceased persons in ''Wraith: The Oblivion'' straddle the line between living and dead. They are no longer alive, but not truly dead, since they can still interact with the world of the living and are not yet able to pass on.
** The fallen angels of ''Demon: The Fallen'' are supernatural entities who now inhabit human hosts, partaking of both human and angel impulses.
11th Jun '17 3:42:59 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Being this, by comparison with [=DnD=] and its clones, became one of the main marketing points for World of Darkness games, when they first came out in the beginning of 1990s.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Being this, by comparison with [=DnD=] [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]] and its clones, became one of the main marketing points for World of Darkness games, when they first came out in the beginning of 1990s.
1st Jun '17 1:58:09 PM justanid
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* 2012 -- Onyx Path Publishing is founded by White Wolf's Creative Director, Richard Thomas. It licenses both old and new versions of ''[=WoD=]'' (and ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''). It also bought the [=RPGs=] ''TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}''.

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* 2012 -- Onyx Path Publishing is founded by White Wolf's Creative Director, Richard Thomas. It licenses both [[invoked]]White Wolf celebrated the [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]] of the old ''World of Darkness'' and the 8th anniversary of the new versions ''World of ''[=WoD=]'' (and ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''). It also bought the [=RPGs=] ''TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}''.Darkness''.
1st Jun '17 1:34:56 PM justanid
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In later editions, the old ''[=WoD=]'' setting acquired an overarching {{back story}} and an ongoing {{metaplot}}, often via tie-in novels. The ''Time of Judgment'' books [[labelnote:note]]including ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Gehenna]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Judgement]]'', and the book titled ''Time of Judgment'' itself which covered the other game lines (except ''Wraith'').[[/labelnote]] were dedicated to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, covering scenarios that were often exclusive to a particular gameline. ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' was another gameline with it's own end-of-the-world scenario, that also doubled as the end to ''TabletopGame/{{Wraith|TheOblivion}}''. One publication, however, an adventure titled ''The Red Sign'' was a crossover between ''TabletopGame/{{Vampire|TheMasquerade}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Mage|TheAscension}}''.

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In later editions, the old ''[=WoD=]'' setting acquired an overarching {{back story}} and an ongoing {{metaplot}}, often via tie-in novels. The ''Time of Judgment'' books [[labelnote:note]]including ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Ascension]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Gehenna]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Judgement]]'', and the book titled ''Time of Judgment'' itself which covered the other game lines (except ''Wraith'').[[/labelnote]] were dedicated to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, covering scenarios that were often exclusive to a particular gameline. ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' was another gameline with it's own end-of-the-world scenario, that also doubled as the end to ''TabletopGame/{{Wraith|TheOblivion}}''. One publication, however, an adventure titled ''The Red Sign'' was a crossover between ''TabletopGame/{{Vampire|TheMasquerade}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Mage|TheAscension}}''.
27th May '17 10:37:35 AM justanid
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[floatboxright:'''Card games:'''
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rage}}''
* ''TabletopGame/ArcadiaTheWyldHunt''

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[floatboxright:'''Card games:'''
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rage}}''
* ''TabletopGame/ArcadiaTheWyldHunt''
[[/index]]
[floatboxright: For fan-made gamelines, see FanWorks.TheWorldOfDarkness



[floatboxright:'''Video games:'''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Wayward''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Redeemer''

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[floatboxright:'''Video games:'''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Wayward''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Redeemer''
[floatboxright: For non-RPG works set in the WOD, see Franchise.TheWorldOfDarkness



[floatboxright:'''TV series:'''
* ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced''
]
[[/index]]
[floatboxright: For fan-made gamelines, see FanWorks.TheWorldOfDarkness
]

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[floatboxright:'''TV series:'''
* ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced''
]
[[/index]]
[floatboxright: For fan-made gamelines, see FanWorks.TheWorldOfDarkness
]
27th May '17 9:47:21 AM justanid
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A TabletopRPG set in a world much like our own, albeit darker. Shadows run deeper, mysteries exist in every corner, and humanity is not quite the master of the world ''or'' its fate.

Humans share the Earth with various supernatural creepy crawlies that prey on them like cattle, use them as pawns, and kill them when convenient (or at whim). In an interesting tightrope walk, individual humans have little power, and human history is a series of [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy manipulations]] by disguised supernaturals; but a tenet of most of the supernatural groups is that ''humanity'' as a force is dangerous and must remain ignorant. The original game was called ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Vampire: The]] {{Masquerade}}'', after all...

The original or "classic" ''World of Darkness'' started in 1991, expanded to over ten game-lines and hundreds of books during 13 years; and ended with the ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Time Of Judgment]]'' books in 2004. Starting the same year, with a new "Storytelling" system, the new ''World of Darkness'', was created as a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] and is ongoing under the name ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness''.

The World of Darkness, both old and new, is a setting where several Supernatural Creatures exist. Each has a unique niche, theme, and BackStory. The Old setting had [[CrossoverCosmology conflicting backgrounds]] for them (crossovers were theoretically meant to be optional, and mostly were, but during the second edition of the old World of Darkness too many books used crossovers actively, creating much confusion due to incompatible cosmologies and histories), and what crossovers [[FantasyKitchenSink did happen]] had [[PowerCreepPowerSeep problems with the relative strengths]] of each participant.

The Old setting had a grand overarching BackStory and an ongoing {{Metaplot}}, though the latter tended to Railroad games at times, if you wanted to follow it, of course. The new setting is much more modular; there's no {{metaplot}}, but there is a (mostly) unified cosmology. Some see the new setting as a RetCon of the old, to fix mistakes and imbalances; while no wholesale plot is lifted, several themes, clans, institutions and other things are ported over. Many key themes and features of the old games were lost and in the case of Changeling the new game is entirely different from the old. The new games also are much more mutually compatible rules-wise, which is important for those who care about crossovers.

It also leaves more room for homebrew expansions and games, [[SturgeonsLaw though most of them aren't really worth the trouble]]. The ones listed here are decent, detailed and balanced enough to be worth consideration. Although [[SoBadItsGood particularly featherbrained homebrew]] may be worth noting.

In 2010, Creator/WhiteWolf published their last book using the traditional methods, ''[[TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness World of Darkness: Mirrors]]''. While books will still be created, CCP Games and White Wolf shifted towards releasing books as [=PDFs=], as well as investing in Print-on-Demand (commonly used by most small RPG publishers).

In 2011, after seven years of being out of print, White Wolf put up a selection of their ''Vampire: The Masquerade'' books back into production in June, and then four months later [[{{Uncancelled}} began creating new]] "[[MilestoneCelebration anniversary editions]]" of the old ''[=WoD=]'' gamebooks, rebranding them ''Classic World of Darkness'', with ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade, TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse, TabletopGame/MageTheAscension, TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'', and ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' all getting 20th Anniversary corebooks and additional supplements.

In 2013, CCP Games (the folks behind ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' and owners of White Wolf since 2006) announced that a MMORPG, tentatively called "World of Darkness Online", which would be based on the old ''World of Darkness''. It was [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ cancelled in April 2014]], with the company license eventually being sold to Creator/ParadoxInteractive in October 2015, with White Wolf being renamed to White Wolf Publishing and Creator/ObsidianEntertainment expressing their interest in making their own MMO.


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[floatboxright:'''Official Gamelines:'''
* TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade
** TabletopGame/ChicagoByNight
* TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse
* TabletopGame/MageTheAscension
* TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion
* TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming
* TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning
* TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen
* TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection
* TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast
* TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}

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[floatboxright:'''Official Gamelines:'''
gamelines:'''
* TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade
''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''
** TabletopGame/ChicagoByNight
''TabletopGame/ChicagoByNight''
* TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse
''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''
* TabletopGame/MageTheAscension
''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''
* TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion
''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion''
* TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming
''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''
* TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning
''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning''
* TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen
''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen''
* TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection
''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection''
* TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast
''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast''
* TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}''



[floatboxright:'''Fan Made Gamelines:'''
* TabletopGame/SenshiTheMerchandising
* TabletopGame/TechInfantry
* TabletopGame/ZombieTheCoil

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[floatboxright:'''Fan Made Gamelines:'''
[floatboxright:'''Card games:'''
* TabletopGame/SenshiTheMerchandising
''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle''
* TabletopGame/TechInfantry
''TabletopGame/{{Rage}}''
* TabletopGame/ZombieTheCoil''TabletopGame/ArcadiaTheWyldHunt''



[floatboxright:'''Trading Card Games:'''
* TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle
* TabletopGame/{{Rage}}
* TabletopGame/ArcadiaTheWyldHunt

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[floatboxright:'''Trading Card Games:'''
[floatboxright:'''Video games:'''
* TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle
''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption''
* TabletopGame/{{Rage}}
''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
* TabletopGame/ArcadiaTheWyldHunt''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Wayward''
* ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Redeemer''



[floatboxright:'''Video games set in the World of Darkness:'''
* VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption
* VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines
* VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning
* VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Wayward
* VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Redeemer

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[floatboxright:'''Video games set in the World of Darkness:'''
[floatboxright:'''TV series:'''
* VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption
* VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines
* VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning
* VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Wayward
* VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning: Redeemer
''Series/KindredTheEmbraced''



[floatboxright:'''TV shows set in the World of Darkness:'''
* Series/KindredTheEmbraced
]




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[floatboxright: For fan-made gamelines, see FanWorks.TheWorldOfDarkness
]

The '''''World of Darkness''''' is a TabletopRPG published by Creator/WhiteWolf. The world is a [[CrapsackWorld dark reflection]] of our own, where humanity is not the master of the world ''or'' its fate. Throughout all of human history, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy supernatural forces]] have manipulated mankind from the shadows.

The original or "classic" ''World of Darkness'' and the Storyteller System started in 1991 with the "gameline" ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. It expanded to over ten gamelines and hundreds of books for 13 years; and ended with the ''Time of Judgment'' books in 2004. Starting the same year, with a new Storytell'''ing''' system, the new ''World of Darkness'', was created as a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] and is ongoing under the name ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness''.

The ''World of Darkness'', both old and new, is a setting where various types of supernatural creatures exist. Each has a unique niche, theme, and {{back story}}. The old ''[=WoD=]'' gamelines had conflicting backgrounds, as crossovers were initially meant to be optional. With the second edition of the old ''[=WoD=]'' too many books used crossovers actively, creating much confusion due not only to incompatible histories, but entire ''cosmologies'' and basic rules that were different. [[FantasyKitchenSink What crossovers did happen]] also had balance problems when it came to the [[PowerCreepPowerSeep relative strengths]] of each participant, as well as no clear equivalents of various supernatural power sources.

In later editions, the old ''[=WoD=]'' setting acquired an overarching {{back story}} and an ongoing {{metaplot}}, often via tie-in novels. The ''Time of Judgment'' books [[labelnote:note]]including ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Gehenna]]'', ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Judgement]]'', and the book titled ''Time of Judgment'' itself which covered the other game lines (except ''Wraith'').[[/labelnote]] were dedicated to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, covering scenarios that were often exclusive to a particular gameline. ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' was another gameline with it's own end-of-the-world scenario, that also doubled as the end to ''TabletopGame/{{Wraith|TheOblivion}}''. One publication, however, an adventure titled ''The Red Sign'' was a crossover between ''TabletopGame/{{Vampire|TheMasquerade}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Mage|TheAscension}}''.

At one point ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' was set up as a prequel to ''The World of Darkness'', this is especially obvious in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' with the eponymous hunters being the equivalent of [[KingInTheMountain Solar Exalted returning]] yet again to a world that needs heroes. This eventually was changed and ''Exalted'' is now considered a separate game, despite sharing similarly named character with ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'', like the "Ebon Dragon" and "Scarlet Empress".

Notable events:
* 2004 -- The end of the old ''World of Darkness'' and the start of the new ''World of Darkness''.
* 2006 -- CCP Games (the folks behind ''VideoGame/EveOnline'') acquire [[Creator/WhiteWolf White Wolf Publishing]].
* 2010 -- White Wolf published their last book using the traditional methods, ''[[TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness World of Darkness: Mirrors]]''. While books will still be created, CCP Games and White Wolf shifted towards releasing books as [=PDFs=], as well as investing in Print-on-Demand (commonly used by most small RPG publishers).
* 2011 -- After seven years of being out of print, White Wolf put up a selection of their ''Vampire: The Masquerade'' books back into production in June, and then four months later [[{{Uncancelled}} began creating new]] "[[MilestoneCelebration anniversary editions]]" of the old ''[=WoD=]'' gamebooks, rebranding them ''Classic World of Darkness'', with ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade, TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse, TabletopGame/MageTheAscension, TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'', and ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' all getting 20th Anniversary corebooks and additional supplements.
* 2012 -- Onyx Path Publishing is founded by White Wolf's Creative Director, Richard Thomas. It licenses both old and new versions of ''[=WoD=]'' (and ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''). It also bought the [=RPGs=] ''TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}''.
* 2013 -- CCP Games announced that a MMORPG, tentatively called "World of Darkness Online", which would be based on the old ''World of Darkness''. It was [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ cancelled in April 2014]], with the company license eventually being sold to Creator/ParadoxInteractive in October 2015, with White Wolf being renamed to White Wolf Publishing and Creator/ObsidianEntertainment expressing their interest in making their own MMO.


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26th May '17 5:00:54 AM justanid
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In 2013, CCP Games (the folks behind ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' and owners of White Wolf since 2006) announced that a MMORPG, tentatively called "World of Darkness Online", which would be based on the old ''WorldOfDarkness''. It was [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ cancelled in April 2014]], with the company license eventually being sold to Creator/ParadoxInteractive in October 2015, with White Wolf being renamed to White Wolf Publishing and Creator/ObsidianEntertainment expressing their interest in making their own MMO.


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In 2013, CCP Games (the folks behind ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' and owners of White Wolf since 2006) announced that a MMORPG, tentatively called "World of Darkness Online", which would be based on the old ''WorldOfDarkness''.''World of Darkness''. It was [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ cancelled in April 2014]], with the company license eventually being sold to Creator/ParadoxInteractive in October 2015, with White Wolf being renamed to White Wolf Publishing and Creator/ObsidianEntertainment expressing their interest in making their own MMO.

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